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Best Online Catholic Dating Sites

Catholic Dating Sites

Best Online Catholic Dating Sites

Your faith is important to you and you shouldn't have to compromise that when looking for a match, which is why Catholic-specific dating websites have been flourishing long before the likes of Tinder or Plenty of Fish. Whether you're just dipping your toes into the world of online dating or you're a seasoned pro, we've rounded up the best faith-based dating sites on the web to help you find your soulmate or meet new friends. From blogging priests to religion-focused movie review forums, the world of online Catholic dating is much more than just a matchmaking tool.

The United States has over 40 million people registered on over 1,500 online dating sites. These numbers are a bit overwhelming, so it is helpful to go over sites that might be most useful to Catholics. There are two basic types: general dating sites that have large numbers of people and those that are specifically Catholic dating sites.

Catholic Dating Site

1. CatholicMates.com

Unlike its competitor CatholicMates.com, CatholicMatch.com is a model of a modern faith-based dating site, as it distinguishes itself in many ways both obvious and subtle. Its basic site architecture bespeaks a site that a lot of love, care and thought has gone into, as it’s easy to use, feature-rich and has a clean, elegant, modern design. It’s clear that the owners of CatholicMatch are invested in giving its users the best Catholic dating experience possible. While the site doesn’t feature all the bells and whistles of the elite secular dating sites like Match.com and Zoosk, it’s still easy and pleasant to use, and its large user base (nearly half a million active users per month, which dwarfs most other all-purpose Christian sites, let alone its strictly Catholic competitors) means you’re sure to find a slew of faith-first individuals near you, either to pursue romantically or simply to befriend. In a final assessment, if you’re intent on finding a long-term partner who shares your Catholic faith, and you want a site that takes that faith seriously to help you do so, Catholic Match has to be considered your best option.

2. Catholicsingels.com

There are only a few trusted sites in the Catholic dating space, and the biggest one has to be Catholic Match, which boasts the largest user base by far, with nearly three times the active users of Catholic Singles. However, Catholic Singles might be the most faith-focused dating site of the major Catholic dating space players -- Catholic Singles is all about Catholicism, to the point where they even have a blogging Chaplain on call to respond to users’ questions, and users can plug in their ZIP code to find Mass Times at parishes near them. The site is easy to use and offers users a clean design with an experience that feels relatively modern, if somewhat sparse from a features point of view, as there are no community forums or polls. The free membership doesn’t allow you to contact members in any way, even with a “Smile,” however you can still view profiles and add them to a Favorites list to help you decide if it’s really worth taking the plunge. The prominently displayed “Success Stories” tab lists many a story of a happy couple who met on the site, suggesting Catholic Singles users have a lot to gain from their memberships. If you’re seeking a Catholic-tailored dating site experience that’s more about the depth of your faith than the variety of the other members, then Catholic Singles is a great place to start.

3. Catholicmates.com

In terms of the pure site experience, Catholic Mates lags behind the elite of the online dating world like Match.com and Zoosk; however, it also lags behind its main competitors in the Catholic dating sphere, Catholic Match and Catholic Singles. Despite a Tinder-like feature that allows for quick “yes” and “no”ing of other members, much of the site’s basic functionalities and design appear to be several years old. Still, Catholic Mates’ members are people who might avoid secular sites, so if you’re also in that camp, this could be a match made in heaven, if you will. The site has a number of basic dating functionalities that make whittling down the user base into potential candidates easy enough, but none that automate the process for you, like quizzes that inform you of your match percentage/potential, or even something to let you know if factors like faith and desired type of relationship are a match with any given user, meaning you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork yourself. If your Catholic faith is important enough to you to factor heavily into your choice of dating site, Catholic Mates might be worth a look, but it’s hard to suggest it over the much nicer Catholic Match and Catholic Singles.


General Dating Sites

Match.com typifies a general dating site. You begin by setting up a profile. Match.com asks a series of questions about you, your interests, lifestyle and background and values. At the end of the questions, Match.com encourages you to post a picture of yourself to generate greater interest in your profile. Once your profile is set up, you can search by age, interests, zip code, gender, or even key words. This searching ability is necessary as Match.com has more than 20 million users. (Its already high number of users was increased in 2010 when it absorbed Yahoo! Personals.)

If you worry about being able to sort through these numbers yourself, you can use the Match.com sister site, Chemistry.com. Chemistry.com has you take a personality test and then uses this information to suggest people who would be a good match, ideally for long term relationships.

eHarmony is another large dating site, also around 20 million users, and focuses on people who are interested in marital relationships. To set up a profile on eHarmony, you take a personality questionnaire consisting of over 400 questions. Your answers are analyzed by eHarmony’s “patented Compatibility Matching System” that uses personality traits to match individuals. This process eliminates those interested in casual dating and attracts those who are looking for serious relationships. Some believe that this is the reason eHarmony is one of the few online dating sites that has more women than men. eHarmony’s uniqueness and popularity are reflected in its approximately $50 a month cost.

While there are other general dating sites, Match.com and eHarmony are the most prominent. Other general sites operate in a similar manner but typically have some features that distinguish them from these two goliaths. The best examples include Coffee Meets Bagel, which uses your Facebook profile to find matches and allows women to contact men who have already expressed interest in them. Zoosk also works through Facebook and other social networking sites. These sites have around 10 million users each.

These sites can be useful for Catholic for a number of reasons. First, they provide a large pool of potential matches and they all have a large number of Catholics present on them. Second, they all have ways of indicating how important your faith is to you and matching you with people based on this characteristic. The limitation is that it’s up to you to indicate how important your faith is and what values you hold most important. You must take the initiative in attending to those whose faith and morals seem compatible. In short, these sites have lots of people and many useful tools for matching, but it’s your responsibility to make your faith a key component of these matches.

Catholic Dating Sites

Catholic dating sites have opposite strengths and weaknesses. On the one hand, they make faith and morals central to the process of matching. They facilitate both talking and learning about the faith. Their weakness is that they have smaller numbers of users.

Catholic dating sites all function similarly to the general dating sites with profiles, search options, and messaging systems. They supplement helping people find matches by providing articles and advice columns about the Catholic faith. Finally, they all charge around $20 a month, lower if you sign up for six months. CatholicMatch and CatholicSingles are two of the more prominent sites.

CatholicMatch is run by Acolyte, LLC (whose founder is a Catholic) and is one of the largest dating site specifically for Catholics. Its perspective is expressed through its seven “Do you agree with the Catholic Church’s teaching on…” questions that everyone must answer when they set up their profile. (These questions focus on the Eucharist, premarital sex, contraception, life issues, papal infallibility, Mary, and Holy Orders.) These questions can be answered by agreeing, slightly agreeing, or not agreeing, and the answers are used to find matches. CatholicMatch also runs the CatholicMatch Institute, which features success stories from CatholicMatch couples as well as dating and marriage advice.

CatholicSingles, another large dating site, aims to connect faithful Catholics by focusing on their activities and interests, rather than pictures. Users are asked to provide information on their personality, family background, spending habits, and how often they pray and go to mass. In addition to answering classic prompts such as “My ideal first date might be,” users on CatholicSingles can add responses to “How religion plays a role in my daily life” and “What being Catholic means to me” to their profiles. Singles can filter for potential matches by age and location. Unlike CatholicMatch, they do not ask questions on whether you agree with Church teachings or not.

A third Catholic dating site launched in 2018. CatholicChemistry promises both a fresh approach to dating and a streamlined interface. Founder Chuck Gallucci says, “We want CatholicChemistry to be more than a meeting-place for Catholic singles. Every aspect of the user experience is designed to lead people towards deeper fidelity and appreciation of their faith.” Like CatholicMatch, the site also asks users’ opinions on Church teaching, but allows users to select if they’re unsure, but open to learning more. Once you’ve created a profile, you can filter potential matches by age, location, mass attendance, liturgy preferences, and answers to faith related questions.

The one site that is slightly different is AveMariaSingles. It focuses on a very specific Catholic audience. The website “pledges to offer a service solely dedicated to helping faithful, practicing Catholics find their future spouse and help them become a better follower of Christ.” The site is for Catholics who are able to marry in the Church and opposed to using contraception. Members have discerned a vocation to sacramental marriage but have not yet found the right person. AveMariaSingles offers a slightly different payment plan: a one time fee of over $150 that allows permanent access to the site. The result of this approach is a highly active membership that is just over 10,000 people.

While this list of sites is not exhaustive, it should give you a sense of the kind of sites that are available as well as their popularity and usefulness.

Catholic Dating Site

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